Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, civic actors around the world have been faced with diverse challenges, from shrinking budgets to escalating government crackdown and disproportionate restrictions. In the face of the daunting circumstances, a resilient global civil society has responded with innovation, adapting swiftly to new and emerging realities.

In the summer of 2020, Rights CoLab launched DùnDún, a series of mini podcasts designed to help civic actors share their stories of innovative responses to the pandemic, with a global audience. In this second season of the podcast, we hear from an array of Global South voices as activists and organizations begin to shift their attention from immediate responses to the pandemic, to the long term, while working to consolidate some of their gains in the past year.

Our featured voices include: Garnett Achieng, Researcher, Data and Digital Rights at Pollicy, Uganda; Dimitrina Petrova, Founder, Bulgarians Organizing for Liberal Democracy, BOLD; Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Executive Director, Spaces For Change, Nigeria; Alexey Sidorenko, Director Teplitsa of Social Technologies, Russia; Eric Nacoulma, Volunteer, Pull for Progress, Burkina Faso; Charles Kojo Vandyck, Head, Capacity Development Unit, West Africa Civil Society Institute, WACSI, Ghana; Abigail Poluyi, Founder, Volunteer Better, Nigeria; Theresia Iswarini, Commissioner, Komnas Perempuan, Indonesia; and Lydia Matte, Country Director, SEMA, Uganda.

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